Great art is rarely original. It builds off the strengths of its predecessors and pulls in the accepted norms of its form. Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey, which George Lucas used to build his narrative for Star Wars, is a testament to this. Lucas pulled from the narrative history of mythology, filmmaking, and storytelling in the […]Read more "Shang-Chi: A Star Wars Story"
When Maul, formerly Darth, and Lady Tano finally met on Mandalore, it felt like the moment had been building for years. But Maul didn’t know Ahsoka, and she knew him by reputation and connections alone. Why did it feel like this meeting, this moment, was inevitable? The answer lies in their paths. Maul and Ahsoka […]Read more "Maul and Ahsoka: Light and Dark Manifest"
The darkness rises. The pain pours from his eyes as he looks into those of his father, both knowing what he should do and what he will do. The father knows it too, although he is trying to change the course of destiny. But he can’t. The red blade ignites. “Thank you,” the son tells […]Read more "Killing the Father: Destiny or Choice?"
There are moments that define a fandom and define a fan’s life. Luke Skywalker’s entrance into the story of The Mandalorian scores on both accounts, leaving Star Wars different forevermore. Yet, there is something familiar. There is something that makes it, beyond the Skywalker name, beyond the green lightsaber, beyond the epicness of the action, […]Read more "Shmi and Anakin May Predict the Future of The Mandalorian"
On Thursday, Disney laid out their plans for dominance in the streaming game. After Warner Brothers’ recent announcement that all of their 2021 movie releases would be released on HBO Max, it seemed to be all but in the books. HBO Max was coming out of the gates with guns blazing, but Disney+’s original content […]Read more "Potential in Production: What All of the new Star Wars Shows Mean for the Future of the Franchise"
The Jedi and Sith were at war for generations. Until….Read more "How the Dyad Ended the Jedi/Sith War"
It’s like taking the legends they told of Luke Skywalker and giving it emotional steroids. Herein we see yet another connection between the martyr Bens. It is not their story that it’s about, but rather those for whom they give their lives.Read more "Ben, Ben, You’re a Martyr When…."
The Rise of Skywalker brought an (insert adjective here) ending to the Skywalker Saga. As Star Wars so often does, Rise of Skywalker referred back to past films in numerous ways, yet there is a feeling amongst the prequel generation (of which I am a card-carrying member) that the canonical beginning of the saga was […]Read more "How Rise of Skywalker Beautifully Links Rey and Qui-Gon"
Redemption and death has been a staple in Star Wars. But should it be?Read more "Redemption by Death…Ben There, Done That"
Family is more than blood. It is belonging, belief, and bond. Ahsoka learns that the hard way, but provides hope to us all.Read more "Family Lost & Found: Ahsoka’s Journey and My Own"